Governing Body

Mr R Ellice

Mr R Ellice – Chair of Governors

Rob Ellice, a former pupil, is a property entrepreneur and estate agent, with over 20 years’ experience. Rob has held a number of positions including Regional Chairman for the National Apprenticeship Service Ambassador Network, board member for the West Essex Alliance and a member of the National Board.

A Johnson

Mr A Johnson

Andrew Johnson is a Director of Analytics in the NHS and he is the Conservative Leader on Harlow Council. Andrew’s wife teaches at the school and their child attends the school also.

Member of the Finance Committee and Governor responsible for English.

Miss K Palmer

Kirsty Palmer is a former pupil of the school. She worked for 10 years in the city of London as a solicitor before joining the local family business in 2008 which she now runs with her father overseeing the general management together with all the legal aspects of the company.

Kirsty is a member of the Finance Committee and Governor responsible for the arts.

Mr S Penney

Mr S Penney – Vice-Chair of Governors

Simon Penney works in the City for a major UK bank and has over 20 years of experience in risk management across the financial services sector. Simon has a passion for education, especially mathematics and science. Both of his children attended Saint Nicholas. Simon has been a Governor for 8 years.

Member of the Finance Committee and Governor responsible for science & technology

Caroline Petherbridge

Ms C Petherbridge

Caroline Petherbridge is a former pupil of the school. She is a qualified primary school teacher and taught at Saint Nicholas for 11 years. Currently, she works for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) as an examiner and teacher, and for Jolly Learning Educational Publishers as a writer, editor and designer.

Member of the Marketing & PR sub-committee.


Mrs L Saggers

Lisa Saggers works as a Director within her husband’s Architectural practice with responsibility for architectural support and interior design. She was formally Chair of Governors at Ivy Chimneys School in Epping. Her daughter attended St Nicholas.

Member of the Academic Committee and the Marketing & PR sub-committee. Governor responsible for languages and safeguarding.

Mrs Templeton-Knight

Ms J Templeton Knight

Jane Templeton Knight, a retired solicitor, was a partner at two City firms. Jane is a mother of 5 children, all of whom have attended the school.

Member of the Academic Committee and Governor responsible for SEND and Early Years.

Mr J Wadge

Jonathan is the headmaster of a highly regarded co-educational prep school in north-east London, having previously held deputy head and senior leadership positions at major schools in Hertfordshire and Hampshire.

He is a team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and sits on a regional committee for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).

Member of the Academic Committee.



Communication with the Governors

Concerns or issues may be raised with any of the governing body who can be contacted at the school, and all written correspondence should be sent  for the attention of the Chair of Governors via the Clerk to the Governors marked ‘Private & Confidential’. Please send to Helena Arnold at